The Next Big Thing
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In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our first group of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows – who’ve been working on their projects over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.
Mandy Beaumont teaches Creative Writing at Griffith University. She also works as a Union Official. Most recently Mandy was a finalist in the Newcastle Short Story Award and the Overland Fair Work Award. She also won the MOTH International Short Story Award. Mandy was guest Overland Fiction Editor for the 'The Idea of Women' edition in October and is also a member of the advisory committee for Arts Queensland Literature Grants. She has just been shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Short Story Prize and is widely published.
Ana Maria Gomides is a full time Beyoncé lover and cat mother. She moonlights as cunning sorceress, battling the evils of racism, sexism, homophobia and the stigma attached to mental illnesses with her black girl magic and the power of her words. She refuses to be silent and encourages others to do the same.
Samantha Hill is a Melbourne-based playwright, actor, and teacher. She studied Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne/ VCA, Screenwriting at RMIT, and has a Masters of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Melbourne. Her plays include Merry Christmas, Bitches!, Little Moth and the Broken Giants, The Last Days of Bette Davis (A Complete Fabrication), and The Lynching of Little Hannah (A Christmas Time-Travelling Adventure Miracle).
Khalid Warsame is a writer, photographer, and arts producer who lives in Melbourne. His essays and fiction have appeared in the Lifted Brow, Overland, the Big Issue, Cordite Poetry Review, and LitHub. He has previously edited fiction for the Lifted Brow, worked as a creative producer at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and Co-Directed the National Young Writers Festival. He is currently working on his first novel.
Angelita Sofia Biscotti is a Spanish-Filipino-Australian fine-art model, photo artist and writer who used to publish work under the name Angela Serrano, and tweet as @angelita_serra. She was a 2017 Hot Desk Fellow at the Wheeler Centre. Her words have been published in Djed Press, Archer, The Lifted Brow, Overland, Peril, Cordite Poetry Review and elsewhere. Her erotic poetry chapbook Else But A Madness Most Discreet is available through Vagabond Press.
Her modelling work has appeared in Pencilled In, Hot Chicks with Big Brains, We Are Something Else and Demasque. Her photography has been exhibited at Midsumma Festival's Queer Economies at St Heliers Street Gallery, and BlackCat Gallery's Square-Circle show. She is an alumna of the Footscray Community Arts Centre's West Writers Group.
Mira Schlosberg is an editor, writer and comics artist who makes work about queerness, spirituality and weird animals and is currently the editor of Voiceworks. They were a 2017 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow and have been published in the Lifted Brow, Seizure, Rabbit and Scum Mag, among others. Mira also edits comics for Scum Mag and subedits for Gusher.
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Our long-running Next Big Thing series is our showcase for great new local talent. You’ll hear emerging writers reading from bold and adventurous work. Enjoy a delicious drink and a bite to eat at the Moat, while your future favourite authors knock your socks off.